October 5, 2012
Yvonne Mounsey, 93, who danced major roles for George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins with the New York City Ballet in the 1950s and went on to found an influential West Coast ballet school, died of cancer Saturday at her Los Angeles home. Ms. Mounsey danced with the City Ballet from 1948 to 1958, rising from soloist to principal dancer. She was born Yvonne Louise Leibbrandt in 1919 on a South African dairy farm outside Pretoria. She began taking ballet lessons at 7 with a former member of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova's company.
May 20, 2016 |
Wright: Pay or I won't play Robin Wright is awesome as Kevin Spacey 's wife on the Netflix political thriller House of Cards . Yet, like most women in Hollywood, she gets paid less than her male costar. So she threatened to go to the media unless she got equal pay. Wright, 50, spoke Tuesday at a discussion of human rights and equality at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. She said she found the situation especially ironic as she plays a woman who is every bit her husband's equal.
July 11, 1991 |
Maurice Kaplow, the conductor for the Pennsylvania Ballet for its entire 27-year history, has been dismissed by the ballet's artistic director, Christopher d'Amboise. "I never had an inkling he would do this, and I'm very surprised," Kaplow said in a telephone interview from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he is currently conducting for the New York City Ballet. D'Amboise is in Europe and could not be reached for comment, but his general manager, Ellen Moran, said that Kaplow's relationship with the New York City Ballet is behind his dismissal.
April 9, 2011
Edward Bigelow, 93, a longtime dancer and administrator at the New York City Ballet who originated many dramatic character roles including the Mouse King in George Balanchine's Nutcracker , died Monday in a car accident in Sharon, Conn. He lived in West Cornwall, Conn. Although Mr. Bigelow performed as a dancer from 1946 through the 1960s, he was also known as a versatile aide-de-camp to both Lincoln Kirstein and Balanchine, City Ballet's founders. He became an assistant to Balanchine in 1949 while still a dancer, was a production assistant from 1951 to 1977, and had the title of manager from 1978 to 1987.
October 13, 1986 |
Steven Caras is standing about eight rows back from the stage in the Shubert Theater, Nikon in hand, watching - and listening. It's Wednesday afternoon, and the Pennsylvania Ballet is running through its last dress rehearsal of Coppelia before opening the Delibes classic that evening for its 2 1/2-week engagement. Caras is there at the invitation of the company, to record the event for publicity and posterity. Snap, snap-snap-snap - he catches one dancer as she strikes the perfect pose, another at the precise top of his leap.
October 12, 1989 |
By the time she was 6 years old, Nina Fedorova knew she wanted to be a prima ballerina. She dreamed specifically of dancing with the New York City Ballet, then under the direction of George Balanchine. By age 15, she was living out her fantasy, dancing in featured roles as a member of the prestigious dance company. Now, at 31, Fedorova has retired to her childhood home of Elkins Park, and for about a year, she's been teaching ballet at the Professional Dance Academy in Willow Grove.
September 16, 2015 |
In his continuing efforts to turn Pennsylvania Ballet into a national powerhouse, artistic director Angel Corella announced Monday that he has hired two major stars as ballet masters, as well as five new dancers. Charles Askegard and Kyra Nichols will fill the positions held by retired Pennsylvania Ballet dancers Zachary Hench and Julie Diana, who have moved to Alaska to run a ballet school. Nichols, 57, was one of George Balanchine's muses and had a long career with the New York City Ballet, joining as a 15-year-old apprentice in 1974 and retiring in 2007.
January 16, 1987 |
Jerome Robbins has said on several occasions that the New York City Ballet, of which he is co-ballet master, is singular because it is dedicated to the art of dancing rather than to the promotion of personality. Revelation of personality is what's most interesting, however, about the new Dance in America program on the New York City Ballet, which will be broadcast tonight at 10 on Channel 12. Continuing its salute to Robbins, this Dance in America episode, In Memory of . . . A Ballet by Jerome Robbins, features the work Robbins created in 1985 for Suzanne Farrell.
September 25, 2015 |
For the last five years, many ballet fans in this country have found it easier to see a foreign company dance than an American one, as Russia's Bolshoi Ballet has shown its full-length ballets in 1,000 movie theaters around the world. But now American companies are getting in on the act, with Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance , a five-film series that launches at 7 p.m. Thursday at Philadelphia's UA Riverview Plaza and at other theaters nationwide. First up, San Francisco Ballet's Romeo & Juliet . "As a dancer, I never had the opportunity to dance the role of Romeo," said Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet's artistic director and principal choreographer.
June 16, 2016 |
Arantxa Ochoa, the director of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, is the latest to announce that she is leaving the ballet. Hers has been one of the most-recognizable faces of the company for the last 20 years, and her departure, announced Tuesday in a letter from executive director David Gray, is an exclamation point on a tumultuous year. Ochoa will be moving to Florida in August to work at the Miami City Ballet School. Two others from Pennsylvania Ballet recently joined Miami City Ballet as dancers: former principal dancer Lauren Fadeley and corps de ballet dancer Amir Yogev.